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The Mission of Global Dignity is to implement the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. We all have the ability to increase the dignity of others and thus we increase our own dignity. The more dignity we have, the brighter our world will be.

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The Tenth Annual Global Dignity Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, and will be celebrated in over 60 countries around the world. This year we build upon the great success of last year’s event during which hundreds of thousands of youth participated across 50 countries.

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Established in 2005, by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant and Professor Pekka Himanen, GD is linked to the 2020 process of the World Economic Forum, in which leaders from politics, business, academia, and civil society join efforts to improve the state of the world. GD is an independent, non-political organization focused on empowering individuals with the concept that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life.

Global Dignity Day Canada

The Tenth Annual Global Dignity Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, and will be celebrated in over 60 countries around the world. This year we build upon the great success of last year’s event during which hundreds of thousands of youth participated across 50 countries.

On this day, role models from across the country – including parents, educators, athletes, Senators, former and current Members of Parliament as well as international business and thought leaders – join thousands of volunteers to make the day possible. In Canada, role models will speak with youth across the country from Nunavut to British Columbia with the aim to instil a positive, inclusive and interconnected sense of value in young people that will guide them as they grow. Within this year’s theme, “the many faces of dignity”, students will be able to explore several facets of dignity.

Our partners from last year include the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, TakingITGlobal, Right To Play and The Heroa Project: dedicated to working with youth to realize the hero that lies in everyone. Overall, it is our hope that by acknowledging existing inequalities, students will see that they have the ability to impact and enrich the lives of others through their own actions and choices, thereby promoting awareness and a social consciousness during a key time in their development.

Mission

The mission of Global Dignity is to implement the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. We all have the ability to increase the dignity of others and thus we increase our own dignity.

The dignity approach works on all levels: it works for children and for adults, it works for men and for women, and it works on the micro and macro level.

Global Dignity is an autonomous non-profit, non-criticism and non-partisan initiative. We wish to be inspiration-based: commending and encouraging best practice and dignity-centered leadership. The concept of global dignity includes the following five principles:

1. Every human being has a right to lead a dignified life.

2. A dignified life means an opportunity to fulfill one’s potential, which is based on having a human level of health care, education, income and security.

3. Dignity means having the freedom to make decisions on one’s life and to be met with respect for this right.

4. Dignity should be the basic guiding principle for all actions.

5. Ultimately, our own dignity is interdependent with the dignity of others.

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Tools

At a Dignity Day session, facilitators – people who make the Dignity Principles their own – go into schools and talk with the pupils about dignity. Facilitators can be plumbers, health workers, bankers… in short, anyone that want to see young people become their best self can be a role model.

A typical Dignity Day session lasts about two hours. The facilitator usually starts by telling his or her own story about dignity. Then, the children are asked to define dignity in their own words. After discussing the Dignity Principles, the children tell their own stories in front of the class. Finally, they typically write a letter to themselves stating what they want to achieve for themselves and others through dignity. A year later, these letters are sent back to the students.

Please download the complete Facilitator’s Guide for more details on hosting your own Dignity Day event. To hold a quick dignity day session, consult the Global Dignity Day Canada Express Guide (each session within takes less than 30 minutes with very little prep time).

Submit Your Dignity Story

Everybody has a unique dignity story about themselves, a person, event or place. As part of Global Dignity Day Canada, we’re asking you to submit your dignity day story to share with students across Canada and from around the world. It is our hope to showcase many of these submissions with the support of our National Role Models at the Global Dignity Day Canada National Capital Event in October.

By sharing our stories, we hope we can better understand each other, our experiences and why its important to live with mutual understanding, respect and compassion for ourselves and everyone around us. Please download the guidelines to submit your unique story and share what dignity means to you!

Spread The Word – Show Your Support

Want to help spread the word about Global Dignity Day and show the world your support for a great cause? Right-click and save either of these badges and add them to you web site or blog! We'd appreciate it if you could link the images back to us too.

We've also got a great "Faces of Dignity" poster you can download here to print out and post at work or school!

Teaching Video: How to hold a Dignity Day session

This video has been produced to give you as a voluntary facilitator a brief introduction to Dignity Day and your role and responsibilities. Introduction by Global Dignity co-founder His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon.

NDP celebrates Global Dignity Day

October 12th, 2016

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair made the following statement on Global Dignity Day:

“Today New Democrats join Canadians, and people in 60 countries around the world celebrating the 10th annual Global Dignity Day. The Global Dignity movement empowers young people with the concept that every human being possesses a universal right to lead a dignified life. As an independent, non-profit, non-political organization, Global Dignity has had an impact on over 1.5 million young people, including the thousands of students in Canada participating today. New Democrats share the belief that all people have a right to live a dignified life and we encourage every Canadian to honour this principle, today and every day. Happy Global Dignity Day!”

https://www.ndp.ca/news/ndp-celebrates-global-dignity-day

 

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Grand Council Treaty #3 proud to support Kiizhik elementary students on Global Dignity Day

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October 12, 2016

Grand Council Treaty #3 proud to support Kiizhik elementary students on Global Dignity Day

The Anishinaabe Nation of Treaty #3 is proud to support the elementary students from Kiizhik Education Centre who participated in Global Dignity Day Canada. The students opened the event with a traditional Flag Song and prayer in the Anishinaabe language.

Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh stated “It is an exciting day for the children who attend Kiizhik Gakinoo’amaadiiwi’gamig. It is important for us to showcase the talents of our youngest generation as they demonstrate pride in their language and culture.”

In 2014, the First Nations communities of Bimose Tribal Council established the Kiizhik Education Corporation. The vision of our Elders and leaders was to establish an Anishinaabe school to teach and practice our culture, language, and traditions in an academic setting.

Global Dignity Day Canada is an independent, non-political organization focused on empowering individuals with the concept that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. It links together hundreds of students across the country as part of its national event.

Grand Council Treaty #3 (GCT3) is the Traditional government of the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty #3.

http://www.gct3.ca/2016/10/12/grand-council-treaty-3-proud-to-support-kiizhik-elementary-students-on-global-dignity-day/

 

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Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Official Opposition issues statement on Global Dignity Day

Conservative Party of Canada | October 12, 2016

Rona Ambrose, Interim Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition, issued the following statement on 10th anniversary of Global Dignity Day:

“October 12th is the 10th anniversary of Global Dignity Day, a worldwide movement that encourages young people to lead lives of mutual respect and dignity.

Today, thousands of young people across Canada will be among the 500,000 students around the world learning to express what dignity means to them, and how the people around them shape their own sense of personal dignity and self-respect.

I was pleased to offer my support to Global Dignity Day as a National Role Model in 2013. After a decade of outreach, this movement has touched over 1.5 million young people around the world, and will bring the message to many more in the years ahead.

I invite Canadians to join in today’s celebration of Global Dignity Day, and to encourage themselves and others to treat every day as an opportunity to live with dignity and mutual respect.”

http://media.conservative.ca/en/statements/rona-ambrose-leader-of-the-official-opposition-issues-statement-on-global-dignity-day

 

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Elizabeth May statement on Global Dignity Day 2016

(OTTAWA) October 12, 2016 – Today, the Green Party of Canada is pleased to join Canadians across the country and 60 other nations in celebrating the 10th annual Global Dignity Day.

“The most important resource of a country is its people,” stated Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP (Saanich-Gulf Islands). “To reach their full potential, citizens need an environment where they can grow as young people and mature within a safe, healthy, and secure environment and then be encouraged to participate fully in society.”

“Canada has been built on a diversity of cultures, religions, and ethnic backgrounds. Our success as a country is based on our ability to not just tolerate, but to accept and celebrate our differences,” May said. “However, much remains to be done. Any group that works to erode civil society or sow distrust of others will make it more difficult to live up to our traditional values of peace, the rule of law and the common good, and to be a positive force in the community of nations.”

2016 is the first year that Global Dignity Day has received the support of the leaders of every major political party in Canada.

An independent, non-political organization, Global Dignity is focused on empowering young people with the concept that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. Global Dignity Day is commemorated around the world annually each fall. This year’s theme is: “The many faces of dignity.”

https://www.greenparty.ca/en/media-release/2016-10-11/elizabeth-may-statement-global-dignity-day-2016

 

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada to mark Global Dignity Day in Canada

Ottawa, Ontario
October 12, 2016

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement to mark Global Dignity Day in Canada:

“Today, over 500,000 students in more than 60 countries, including thousands across Canada, are marking the 10th annual Global Dignity Day.

“The Global Dignity organization aims to inspire respect, self-esteem, and openness to diversity in young people, as well as promote the idea that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life.

“I encourage all young Canadians to step up, show up, and speak up. Youth have the ability to think decades ahead and are not afraid to challenge the status quo today. As our government looks 40 years down the road – not just four – young Canadians will be instrumental in achieving this vision.

“Today, and every day, we celebrate the fact that everyone – no matter their age – has value, worth, and the potential to help build a better world.

“I am extremely proud to be one of Global Dignity’s National Role Models and encourage Canadians to promote a life of dignity for all.

“Congratulations to everyone involved in marking Global Dignity Day in Canada.”

http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2016/10/12/statement-prime-minister-canada-mark-global-dignity-day-canada

 

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Global Dignity Day Celebrates 10-year Anniversary on Parliament Hill

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Ottawa, October 12, 2016 – Today, thousands of Canadian students and young leaders gathered in celebration of the international day to empower youth with dignity, Global Dignity Day. Joining 500,000 of their peers in more than 60 countries, students celebrated the tenth anniversary of Global Dignity Day internationally.

This year’s national event, hosted on Parliament Hill by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, and sponsored by the Samuel Family Foundation, linked eight sites and two thousand students from Nunavut to Nova Scotia, with one international site, through a live videoconference.

The sites include: Parliament Hill in Ottawa; Queen Elizabeth High School in Edmonton, Alberta; Bimose Tribal Council in Kenora, Ontario; Jean Augustine Secondary School in Toronto, Ontario; John Analukjuak High School in Arviat, Nunavut; Hillcrest Academy in Shelburne, Nova Scotia; Sa Halli Secondary in Kamloops, British Columbia; and Soldotna Prep School in Soldotna, Alaska, USA.

A livestream of the videoconference can be viewed at www.globaldignity.ca.

Highlights of today’s event included an opening flag song from students of Kiiijick Elementary School, Treaty 3; a throat singing performance from Arviat, Nunavut; and a dignity story from Lindsay DuPré, the Indigenous Youth Engagement Coordinator at TakingITGlobal.

In Canada, Global Dignity is honoured with the support of Champions and Role Models of all stripes, including: Canada’s Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau; the Hon. Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Official Opposition; Leader of the New Democratic Party, Tom Mulcair and Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada; Anishinabe leader from Kitigan-Zibi, Caitlin Tolley; Inuit film makers Curtis Konek and Innosar Issakiark, to name a few.

Partners of Global Dignity include: TakingITGlobal, the Queen Elizabeth Centre for Global Education, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, YMCA Canada, Right To Play, the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, The Heroa Project, Kind Canada and Equal Voice.

Established in 2005, by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant and Professor Pekka Himanen, Global Dignity is linked to the 2020 process of the World Economic Forum, in which leaders from politics, business, academia, and civil society join efforts to improve the state of the world.

Global Dignity is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization with the aim to instill a positive, inclusive and interconnected sense of value in young people that will guide them as they grow, as well as promote the idea that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. Visit our website at: www.globaldignity.ca.

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For more information:
Olivia Bechthold
Director of National Engagement,
Global Dignity Canada
media@globaldignity.ca
(613) 539-5489

 

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Global Dignity Day will celebrate 10-year Anniversary on Parliament Hill

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Ottawa, October 11, 2016 – Tomorrow, thousands of Canadian students and young leaders will gather in celebration of the international day to empower youth with dignity, Global Dignity Day.

Hosted on Parliament Hill, the national event will link seven schools and students from Nunavut to Nova Scotia, through a live videoconference.

These students will join 500,000 of their peers in more than 60 countries to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Global Dignity Day internationally.

Who: Students and teachers across seven schools in Canada

What: The national celebration of Global Dignity Day’s tenth anniversary

When: October 12, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Parliament of Canada – Room C-120, 1 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Why: To empower individuals with the concept that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life

Established in 2005 by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant and respected Finnish professor Pekka Himanen, Global Dignity is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization focused on empowering young people with dignity. It aims to inspire respect, self-esteem and tolerance of diversity, as well as promote the idea that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. Visit our website at: www.globaldignity.ca.

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For more information:
Olivia Bechthold
Director of National Engagement
Global Dignity Canada
media@globaldignity.ca
(613) 539-5489

 

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Carleton Hosts Global Dignity Day Videoconference

On Oct. 21, 2015, Carleton University hosted a live national videoconference as part of Global Dignity Day, an international day to empower youth with dignity. Thousands of young Canadians joined 400,000 students across the globe in what was the fourth annual celebration of its kind in Canada.

» Read the full story on Carleton’s Newsroom

 

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Mrs. Universe joins thousands for Global Dignity Day

Ottawa, October 21, 2015 – Today, thousands of students across Canada joined 400,000 of their peers, in over 60 countries, in celebration of the international day to empower youth with dignity, Global Dignity Day.

This year’s celebration of Global Dignity Day in Canada, hosted by 1125@Carleton, at Carleton University, connected students and young leaders from Kitiganzibi High School and Carleton University, with 2,000 students from coast-to-coast through a live international videoconference.

The videoconference livestream can be viewed here.

Highlights of today’s event included a throat singing performance from Arviat, Nunavut, and dignity stories from Rwandan Genocide survivor and public speaker, Emery Rutagonya, and Global Dignity Canada’s National Role Model, Ashley Callingbull (recently named Mrs. Universe).

“I think [Global Dignity Day] is so important because we should always be proud of who we are,” Mrs. Callingbull said in a video released today for Global Dignity Canada.

“The only thing that’s important is how we feel about ourselves, and the life we lead.”

Approximately two minutes in length, the video is now available online and can be shared in classrooms and youth centres across the country. See Mrs. Callingbull’s full video here: http://bit.ly/1M68jz1.

Global Dignity is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization focused on empowering young people with dignity. Established in 2005 by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant and respected Finnish professor Pekka Himanen, it aims to inspire respect, self-esteem and tolerance of diversity, as well as promote the idea that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. Visit our website at: www.globaldignity.ca.

For more information:

Olivia Bechthold
National Events Champion
media@globaldignity.ca
(613) 539-5489

 

 

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Celebrate Global Dignity Day With Empathy, Inclusion and Action

“A businessman, a professor, and a prince were talking… ”

It might sound like the start of a joke.

But when American entrepreneur John Hope Bryant, Finnish professor Pekka Himanen, and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway got together through the Young Global Leaders network of the World Economic Forum, the outcome was anything but a joke. It was seriously amazing.

The three friends bonded over their shared belief that human dignity is at the core of positive social change, and their shared desire to “operationalize” the concept into practical action. So in 2005, they created Global Dignity Day — a program for school-aged children to engage in candid conversations about what dignity means to them.

On October 21, 2015, such conversations will be happening in classrooms around the world. As the organizers explain, “Defining dignity in their own words and sharing stories from their own lives gives students ownership of the concept.” Last year, more than 350,000 young people in 60 countries took part, sharing stories on topics from helping others to bullying to identity.

In Canada, where Dignity Day events take place from Toronto to Arviat, I’ve seen first-hand how the idea of dignity speaks to young people in meaningful ways. Global Dignity Day reminds them that it’s okay to be different, and that they have inherent value and worth–no matter where they come from or what path they take in life. In words attributed to Aristotle, “Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.” Dignity Day is consciousness-raising on a global scale.

And we need it–not just schoolchildren, but men and women of all ages. After all, many of us are privileged to be able to take the concept of dignity for granted, rarely, if ever, pausing to consider what dignity truly means–or how life would be different without it.

Yet a life of dignity is not guaranteed to everyone. Every day, all over the world, people are overlooked by their community and abandoned by wider society. And when people are degraded and made to feel “less than”–when they are deprived of their ability to take pride in their past or to find hope in their future–the result can be social isolation that further corrodes their sense of self-worth.

On October 5, 2015, officials in Ontario, Canada, opened one of the largest inquiries in the province’s history. Between 2000 and 2011, seven high school-aged First Nations students were found dead in Thunder Bay. These students, who hailed from remote northern communities, had been required to move to Thunder Bay for their schooling. The circumstances surrounding their deaths were never fully investigated–until now.

The inquest’s conclusions about these seven heartbreaking deaths will no doubt be complex. But I believe a common thread is already apparent. Allowing these young people to fall through the cracks, failing to provide closure to their families, and not doing more to prevent future tragedies represents a disregard for human dignity–a disregard that has painfully tarnished too much of Canada’s relationship with its indigenous peoples, and left too many First Nations youth feeling unvalued and unseen.

We must do better.

Dignity, to me, is rooted in both freedom and respect: the freedom to live as you choose based on what matters to you most, and the respect granted to your choices and your values by those around you. To live a dignified life is to be accepted by your peers and embraced by your wider community, and to have the opportunity to fulfill your true potential.

Moreover, one’s own dignity is indivisible from the dignity of others. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said, in describing the African concept of Ubuntu, “We belong in a bundle of life. We say, ‘a person is a person through other persons.'”

In other words, dignity and belonging are inextricably intertwined, and each requires the same three pathways for support: respect, recognition, and reciprocity. By enabling dialogue, Global Dignity Day opens the gate to those crucial pathways.

So on October 21, let’s all find a way to engage with our peers in this worldwide conversation about the importance of dignity. Let’s think deeply about the ways we can promote it. And let’s each do our part to support the dignity of all people, no matter their circumstance or condition. Let’s make this not just a day of empathy, but a day of inclusion and action.

You can learn more about Global Dignity Day, and download free teaching tools, here.

 

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The Mission of Global Dignity is to implement the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. We all have the ability to increase the dignity of others and thus we increase our own dignity. The more dignity we have, the brighter our world will be.

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